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25 May 2018

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    GDPR Offers Greater Protection of Individuals

    Legislation to greater protect individuals’ data in the EU comes into effect this week. What does it mean, and will there be unexpected consequences for the use of metadata in research etc. Click talks to Claire Bury from the EU commission and Luukas Ilves, Deputy Director at The Lisbon Council. A young Togolese inventor, Sam Kodo, has developed a virtual robot teacher to help with teacher shortages in the country. Togo accepts and processes large amounts of waste exports, and Kodo has collected useful parts in the huge depository close to the harbour of Lomé for his creations. He decided to create a VT bot as a partial replacement for missing educators. Sam talks to Click’s Sasha Gankin. An engineer in India repurposed a drone to rescue a puppy that had fallen into a gully in New Delhi. Milind Raj constructed a giant claw that was attached to the drone. Raj says it took him six hours to assemble the improvised aerial vehicle. He says he attached an Artificial Intelligence-controlled robotic arm and giant drone together in his Lucknow lab which was then used to rescue the dog. (Photo: A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee walking behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 22 May 2018

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    Harnessing Smartphones’ Power for Cancer Treatment

    DreamLab, an app aiming to harness the power of smartphones while people are asleep, crunches data for an average of six hours a night, in an effort to develop personalised cancer treatments. It would take a desktop computer running for 24 hours a day at least 300 years to get through all the data, whereas it will take 100,000 smartphones running for six hours a night only three months to do the same. To discuss the app, Click is joined by Kirill Veselkov from Imperial College London and Kate Wright from Vodafone. Irina Fedorenko, Co-Founder of BioCarbon Engineering in Oxford, has been using drone technology to reforest the coastal areas of Myanmar. She tells Click that they can restore natural ecosystems in a fraction of the time it takes traditional methods. Nora Lindström, Global Coordinator for Digital Development at Plan International, has written about the importance for girls in developing countries not only to have access to technology, but also to become the creators of it. Her recent Op-Ed piece sparked by the recent Girls in ICT Day brings new ideas to the debate about the digital gender divide. Click talks to Nora Lindström. (Photo caption: A woman asleep next to a smartphone © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 15 May 2018

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    Machine Learning In Everyday Life

    Driverless cars struggle in rural areas, either because of a lack of mapping or because the landscapes often change with the seasons. MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is trying to combat this problem with a project called MapLite, which uses LIDAR to detect the road ahead. Gareth Mitchell spoke to Teddy Ort, the graduate student behind the project. Then we go from the tech that drives you to the tech that dresses you. The Smart Dresser is a system that aims to simplify the process of getting dressed for people with dementia, while also restoring independence to their lives. Click is joined by the lead researcher, Professor Winslow Burleson of New York University. We also have more from our virtual reality binge at the New York Tribeca Film Festival, where we hear Jaron Lanier thoughts on the twenty VR projects at the festival. And finally, we go from New York to New Zealand, where machine learning is being used to track graffiti. Simon Morton met up with Max Voskob in downtown Auckland, where sensors are increasingly being used as a tool to resolve social issues. (Photo caption: MIT's self-driving car – credit: MIT CSAIL) Producer: Jennah Dean

  • Posted on 08 May 2018

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    Virtual Reality Innovations at Tribeca Film Festival

    Click continues its two- the Tribeca Film Festival in New York looking at the advances made in virtual reality in documentary films and immersive experiences. In a special edition co-produced by Lauren Hutchinson, Gareth Mitchell talks to VR film-makers about embodiment where the person undergoing the VR experience is teleported into the body of a VR character and is subject to that foreign character’s experience, such as police brutality and racism. Click also reports on extraordinary VR experiences such as ‘Hero’ which transports viewers to the Syrian conflict and ‘The Day the World Changed’ which brings to viewers the harrowing impressions of the victims and survivors of atomic bombings and nuclear arms testing through first-hand testimonies, 3D scanning and photogrammetry. (Photo: Visitors experiencing social VR at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018. Credit: Lauren Hutchinson) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 01 May 2018

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